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Mindfulness as a Skillful Approach to Inclusive Design

Sherman, Mark Mindfulness as a Skillful Approach to Inclusive Design. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Sherman, Mark
Abstract:

Inclusive Design seeks to reduce barriers to fuller participation in society faced by individuals and communities whose needs, perspectives, strengths, vulnerabilities, and backgrounds may differ greatly from those of the designer(s). The potential risks and consequences of unintended exclusion, misinterpretation, oversight and so on, can be high. Many of the conceptual, philosophical, environmental and cultural biases we might have as designers (and which can influence our design choices), may exist in the form of “implicit” attitudes and may not be aligned with our conscious beliefs. Research findings by Ellen Langer (e.g.: E. Langer et al. 2008), show that certain Mindfulness strategies can reduce the impact of such hidden biases and conceptual constructs. A method for detecting implicit attitudes, using the Implicit Association Test, is explored, with an aim to propose Mindfulness strategies both as a countermeasure for implicit attitudes as well as an overall support for Inclusive Design.

Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 15:33
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 15:34
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/160

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